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Ireland Multiple arrested during unofficial college Christmas event across Cork city

11:15  23 november  2019
11:15  23 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A number of people were arrested and multiple fines were handed out in Cork City while an unofficial college Christmas took place. Locals reported "mayhem" in the College Road, Gillabbey Street and surrounding areas from early on Thursday as students celebrated UCC Christmas - an event the college itself do not organise. Gardai confirmed they are investigating two incidents of criminal damage in the city where a young man was seen jumping on cars.

A number of people were also fined for drinking in public while gardai arrested a number of others for public order offences. Extra units of the gardai were deployed to the area throughout Thursday and gardai have said the arrests can't be directly linked to the college event.

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A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí from the Community Engagement Unit in Anglesea Street were aware of this event being held and deployed additional resources. Gardaí have a good relationship with all of the colleges in Cork city and events are managed in conjunction with all of the relevant stakeholders and local residents.

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It was not until late in the evening that locals and those driving through began to have some issues with drunk students out on the roads and stumbling in front of cars.

Former Lord Mayor Mick Finn tweeted: "Traffic mayhem around College Rd, Gillabbey St, Magazine Rd, so called Christmas Day events, pubs full since early; there’s going to be serious accident with people crossing roads in traffic (maybe Safe Cross Code could be included in degree programmes)."

CorkBeo have contacted UCC students' union for comment on the issue but as it was not an official college event and the students were off the campus at the time.

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